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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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May 2016

It’s a wrap on NT survey !!

So, after a month of thirty 1hr long lectures & over 500 pages of student notes to read through, as well as, I have no idea how many scriptures to add to my scripture devotion book, I have finally completed New Testament Survey.   YAY !!

My thoughts.. it was amazing !!  I really do think that everyone would benefit from doing this subject, if nothing else, as a one-off subject, in order to more greatly enhance their knowledge of the scriptures.  The course structure is set around each book having a different theme, and an image representing both the book name and the theme.  The idea of these is that you can far more easily memorise what each book is about.  eg.  1 Peter’s theme is ‘Faith under pressure’.  The image for 1 Peter is 2 peas with a tear in their eye (Pea-tear) sitting in a vice.  They’re a tad corny, but it really does work to help you remember the theme of each book.

Being able to draw on this info more easily would be really helpful in a situation where you have a friend seeking certain clarity on something, or going through a tough time, you can quickly know which book might be helpful to them etc.  I mean, we all have the well known ones in our heads…  Feeling like you’re being treated unfairly? read Psalms.. etc, but it’s great to widen that scope of ability to help out others.  #servantleadership

I must say I was really looking forward to the last lecture, covering Revelations (I do love to study end times), but I was a tad disappointed with the amount of content covered, but hey… how much can you cover in 60mins.  So, with this in mind, it’s prompted me to hold off on beginning Old Testament Survey and complete ‘Exploring last things’ between the two subjects.  It’s only seven 1hr long lectures, so I’ll complete it within a few days and can then dive on into OT Survey.  (Really really looking forward to this subject!)

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More than anything though, I just can’t get over how BLESSED I am to be able to do this course, broaden my biblical knowledge & grow in The Lord under these teachings.  I’ve seriously loved every single lecture.  Funny story though… the principal of the College is the lecturer for NT survey, and while 27 of the 30 lectures are recordings made only last year, the last 3, for some strange reason, are recordings from 2005, so this probably 60ish yr old man, suddenly drops 11yrs for the last 3 lectures….  Blonde hair instead of grey, fall head of hair at that, as well as just some younger person type mannerisms etc.   It was a bit amusing.

I can’t express enough how impressed I am with Influences Leadership College.  I’ve received a call from the college Principal, as well as the lecturers of two seperate subjects.  They had noticed that I had unlocked the subject, so simply rang to offer any help if I should need it along the way etc.  I thought that was pretty amazeballs service to be honest.

OK… that’s about it for now.. I’m sorry this may be one of my more boring blogs, but wanted to keep you up to date on my Bible College journey.  I’ll try and get a fitness blog up t’row as I do have lots to tell  you on that front.

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

He trains my hands for war

Psalm 144

1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples[a] under me.

O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!
Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings, who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[b]
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

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Riding the Roller-coaster called LIFE !!

Hiya blog readers !!  It’s after 10 on a Saturday night (of course I’m in & blogging because I’m so NOT a party animal… LOL).    We actually have been at a party tonight but it was a workmate of DH’s & we seriously didn’t know anyone at all so we didn’t stay too long.  I didn’t mind that at all seeing as we had to leave the house at 7.30 this morning to head off on a loooooooong drive to the boys soccer game.  1hr 40mins to the game today… not a bad drive actually so it was enjoyable, but I’ll certainly enjoy the Home game next week.

Life has certainly had it’s ups & downs in the last month or so for us…  there have been some heartbreaking lows… BUT…  amongst all this ‘negative’, God has turned ashes to beauty !!   My DH, who is saved, but has struggled big-time with the whole ‘die to self’ part of the deal, has had more than ample reason to be angry this past month.  (seriously, a saint woulda lost his shiz through this stuff), but he’s been cool as a cucumber… and I know that it’s God’s hand in him.

I had my suspicions of course, but they were confirmed when we were at Alapha last week and one of the questions was “What dramatic change has God brought about in your life since becoming a Christian?”  DH answered “He’s taken my anger away.”  (Of course I did a fist pump on the inside at this time.. lol)

I was thinking about this in the car heading to soccer this morning.  We were listening to ABBA (coz Abba rocks !!) and I can’t remember what song it was, but a tambourine was mentioned.  Straight away…. way too fast for me to have thought it myself, I was reminded of that verse in Exodus where Miriam dances and sings with her tambourine.  (Exodus 15:20).  Hardcore blog followers of mine will remember why this is the verse that was laid on my heart this morning.

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For everyone else… here’s the super fast recap…  In 2014 my sister & I went to Colour Conference (the women’s conference at Hillsong church) and Beth Moore was one of the speakers. (LOVE Beth Moore).  She taught from the Exodus passage, bringing it home to us that we need to have our tambourine’s at the ready… anticipating the victory… be ready to grab it at a moments notice (as Miriam did) and get up and rejoice !!  I got onto ebay (trusty ebay) when at the airport waiting to fly home from Colour that year, and purchased a tambourine.  It arrived about a week later and it hangs in a very predominant place in my home…  right in the heart of our home….  handy to pick up at any time.  Even just looking at it hanging there gives me the encouragement I need to get through tough times in a normal day.

I strongly believe that these verses coming to mind during the drive this morning was a subtle reminder to me to remember to not just rejoice for these HUGE steps DH has taken of late, and throughout these struggles, but to also be EXPECTANT for more victory to come.

Exciting right !!!!!

It’s safe to say that I’m really really excited for what’s in store…. and that’s even with the knowledge that, sadly, there will be some really yucky stuff ahead too.  I always know that God totally has us covered in every situation, and I never doubt this…. but things like this morning, getting those ‘moments with The Lord’ and being reminded of His presence, always put an extra spring in our step.. and a wider smile on our face.

Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

I love to lift…. Him on high !!

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So, I love love love toned arms…like seriously, it’s my fav fit body feature.  So, it’s no surprise that I love to lift, as that going to give me what I want.  I’m kinda going for a ‘Tris in Divergent’ kinda look. When I’ve achieved that, I’ll be a very happy girl.  (LOL.. small pleasures.)

I quite often will tag #jesusismyworkoutbuddy in my fitness pics and posts and it’s not just a gimicky thing to say.  I talk to Him a fair bit during each workout.  Usually it’s something along the lines of ‘Please get me through this torturous workout without dying’, but when I’m doing something rhythmical/repetetive, like rowing, I can get up a good ‘ole conversation.

While making the decision to respect the temple is & will continue to bring great physical results, it also provides loads of extra time to talk to The Lord.  Walks are especially good for this too.  I may have blogged about this once before a very long time ago, but I was running a few years back now and whenever I was running in an area I didn’t feel completely safe, under a bridge or in a quiet street etc, I would claim protection over myself and in doing that I would often be shown the warrior angels running behind, before and either side of me.  This one particular time when I was shown them, I also had Jesus running alongside me.  Now, I have always seen Jesus in the ‘typical’ clothes, belted white tunic dress thingo and sandals (other people may see him differently, but that’s how I always see him.).  Anyway, I remember commenting to Him that it must be uncomfortable to run in sandals… and then of course thinking that was the stupidest thing I ever said…  seriously, I’d say Jesus can run in anything, right.

So, the next time I was in that same situation and claimed protection, and there they were , I noticed straight away that Jesus had runners on….  seriously, I’m not kidding you right now….  I commented on them and He says to me “Yes, I thought I’d try them out.”  Bahahahahahaha.  That was hands down the coolest convo I’ve had with Jesus.  He hasn’t actually run with me anytime of late, but then again I’m not running the same areas as I used to and there aren’t really any areas where I don’t feel safe.

So, back to lifting.  This experience was really profound for me at the time as it showed me that God is with us in EVERY situation.  Not just the ‘church’ stuff, but the ‘everyday’.  It made me realise that my decision to be healthy and get fit was less about my benefit and more about bringing Glory to HIM !!  After all, He created me

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

By choosing to respect the temple, I’m choosing to respect what He created and to give Him the glory !!  I’m choosing to respect this body He gave me so I’m in tip-top condition to do His work.

Isaiah 58:11

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

I do love that when I have completed a good workout, I know that He was with me throughout it, strengthening me, keeping me motivated and focused me on His plans for me.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

OK…  that’s it for now peeps.  Have a super blessed day … go for a walk and spend some time with The Lord…. He’ll love it, you’ll love it, and you’ll get far more out of it than you ever thought you would !!

Lv Fi  xox

 

Let your character speak above lies

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I’m baaaaaaack….  Yes, I know, it’s been 6wks since blogging.  It’s not that I haven’t thought of it.  I’ve actually thought of it nearly every day, but I think the copious amounts of notes being taken in my Bible College studies, as well as the copious amounts of info being taken in, effects the clarity of what to blog about.

There is so many topics near and/or dear to me in these last weeks but I’ve decided to focus on the above title as it really does cover many areas of struggle in our lives.

One of my lecturers a few weeks back said “You’ll have people that think the world of you, have total confidence in you as a leader and steadfastly encourage you along the way.   Sadly though, you’ll also have people that despise you.  Be prepared for the reality that the closer you walk with The Lord, and the deeper you delve into the things of HIM, the longer that second list of people will grow.”

It’s extremely sad, and extremely difficult to accept, but all I can lean on is the absolute knowledge that we can simple SOAK in God’s word at all times. (& yes, I’ve mentioned this several times in my blogs over the last few years). When we are treated badly, spoken badly of, had lies spread of us, experienced deceit and harsh words towards us, we are in very good company.

2 Timothy 3:12 tells us..  Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 

Persecution is one of the last things a Christian would consider a spiritual blessing. Like suffering, no one needs to seek it out. Jesus did not avoid this subject, but spoke boldly that those who choose to live uprightly and stand for God and speak the truth will be persecuted. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.(Matthew 5:10-12)

The word persecution literally means to pursue. However, it includes malicious intent. It can vary in severity from just speaking nasty words to inflicting brutal violence. Jesus said to be happy about it because “great is your reward in heaven.” Most of the prophets were treated harshly, because they confronted God’s people with truth and reproved their godless behavior and their hard-hearted unbelief.

David was persecuted by King Saul, among others. The motivation was jealousy and envy. Saul was tormented by an evil spirit. David knew it was a spiritual conflict and refused to “stretch out [his]hand against the Lord’s anointed.” He said in Psalm 69:4: “Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully.”.

How do we practically deal with this in everyday life though?  It’s all well & good to have these and other scriptures on hand to draw on when these situations arise, but in reality, it can be hard.  Feelings are real and it hurts when someone you care about believes lies, or is even the one spreading lies about you.  It always reminds me of that quote “Let your character be such that no-one would believe lies about you.”  I bring this to mind in these situations as, for me personally, I know I have such dear friends who fall into that first category above, have my back, encourage me, push me when needed, call me on things when I slip etc etc.

My biggest ‘take home’ on this issue though is 2 things….. the first is the obvious, lean on Scriptures, memorising them so that they’re easy to pull into your thoughts when needed… and two, ALWAYS try and see people as God sees them, no matter how hard that is, no matter how much the enemy tries to tell you they don’t deserve it.   You can usually find this an easy thing to do if you’ve had a falling out with a friend or family member, as you’re bound to have good, even fantastic, memories with these people, so simply draw on  THOSE memories and not the negative.  That’s what I choose to do everyday.  It’s not always easy… there are days that the enemy feeds rubbish into my head and it can get me ‘thinking’ instead of praying, but I just need to remember who has the victory and who is defeated and I’m able to re-boot my thinking.

Another aspect to this is that if you choose to dwell on something someone did or said to you, you’re actually not allowing the possibility that they have changed.  I have two people in my life that are very dear to me but have turned away from me.  Both of these women have amazeballs qualities, so I CHOOSE to think on that, pile blessings on them on a daily basis, and leave it in God’s hands to ‘do what He does best’.   I declare that even if these relationships aren’t restored one day, God will use even that for good.

Isn’t God just awesome !!!  Just being able to have that confidence that He loves to so much and wants the absolute best for us.

Ok peeps… Nighty night.  It’s to bed for me.

Blessings.  xox

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